Paris Jackson explains how her family’s religious beliefs affected her coming out
Paris Jackson opens. The 23-year-old singer and model reflects on how her family’s deeply held religious beliefs impacted her acceptance of herself and her decision to come out when she was younger.
Jackson joined Willow Smith in a new episode of Red table talk, and Smith asked about her journey to uncover her sexuality and attraction to both men and women.
“I’m still figuring it out,” shared Jackson, the daughter of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe. “My family is very religious, and many, like homosexuality, are very taboo. So we don’t talk about it, and it’s not really accepted.”
She admitted that it made it difficult for her to feel comfortable speaking up and living her truth. However, over time, she learned to face challenges with emotion.
“I have come to a point where I respect them and I have love for them, I respect their beliefs, I respect their religion,” she shared. “Right now I’m at a point where, expecting them to put aside their culture and their religion, like, the expectations lead to resentment.”
Jackson concluded, “What people think of me is none of my business.”
The young artist also spoke candidly about her life in the limelight since she was a baby and how it led to extreme emotional and mental stress. Jackson said his battle with social anxiety “has always been pretty tough.”
This includes his anxiety which manifests in really disturbing ways including hearing things that are not there.
“I sometimes experience audio hallucinations, with camera clicks and severe paranoia,” Jackson explained. “I went to therapy. For a lot of things, but that included.”
For more on Jackson’s revealing interview, check out the latest episode of Red table talk on Facebook Watch.
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